We All Have a Story
We all have a story. All we need is a pair of ears to listen to it.
On Saturday, August 30th, mothers gathered together to commemorate their loved ones who disappeared during the armed conflict and to demand that the government declare that day the National Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearance.
The testimonies given by the mothers of the disappeared on August 30th in the Plaza Civica in commemoration of the International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearance were captivating and left many people with tear-filled eyes. The loss of a child is something that no one understands until they have experienced it themselves. However, in the case of the mothers of the disappeared they haven’t lived through a definitive loss. Rather, because their children disappeared, the possibility that the children could be alive haunts the mothers and prohibits them from finding peace. However, at the same time, this very uncertainty provides the mothers with they hope they need to continue in their struggle for justice.
Gloria Anaya, the daughter of Herbert Anaya who was an activist killed during the armed conflict, told the story of one of the mothers of the disappeared. One day, the woman received a letter from her disappeared son. The letter came in a moment when she had almost lost all hope. However, the letter rejuvenated her. For the first time in years, she had proof that her son existed. The government denied his existence and told the mother that she was lying about the disappearance because she had never had a son in the first place. The letter was her proof. Her son did exist. That letter gave her the hope to keep moving forward in her personal struggle for recompense.